And this explains a lot:
NOTE: In 1770, the average per capita intake of distilled spirits (whiskey, rum, gin and brandy) was 3.4 gallons; by 1830, the per capita intake exceeded 5 gallons.
After some thought, the framers of the original
document put down the Ale mugs and all
agreed to a rewrite, and be a little more diplomatically
thorough in telling King George to kiss their asses.
Along with the U.S. Constitution, the rewritten Declaration
has pretty much been ignored in modern times.